Must Be TV

Why stay home and watch TV when you can stay home and watch films about TV? Hey! Don't get your coaxial cords in a bundle. I know you like to watch!

- Max Headroom (1987)--Sexy Brit, Theora Jones (Amanda Pays) and un-sexy Yank, Edison Carter (Matt Frewer) are TV reporters who solve crimes with the help of the giddy psycho-babbling Max Headroom who is Carter's personality digitized. Hard to find, but worth the search until someone gets the bright idea to reissue on DVD. Satirical hacks and fun futuristic fare. Courtrooms become audience tallied game shows, "Rakeboarders" (skateboarders hilariously disembowel each other) run rampant, and TV ratings are the meaning of life for corporate criminals who run the world.

- Jane White is Sick & Twisted (2002)--Jane White (Kim Little/Diagnosis Murder) is a darling TV zombie with her sights set on getting on the "Gerry Show." She'll do whatever it takes; including becoming a homeless transvestite prostitute, dating a serial killer, and having sex with aliens. Watch for small screen icons Squiggy (David L. Lander), Wesley Crusher (Wil Wheaton), Screech (Dustin Diamond as a transvestite), Marsha Brady (Maureen McCormick humps Mad TV's Phil LaMarr!), and Who's Line's Colin Mochrie (as a comically lovable leather-hooded S&M freak). Contains my all-time favorite film scene where Jane's boyfriend Dick Smith (Wheaton) reenacts his father's comical demise: being raped to death by a giant elk. Written and directed by underrated B-movie genius David Michael Latt (Killers, Killers 2, King of the Ants), Jane White is stuffed to the gills with countless TV references. I've never seen a film with more potential to become a kick-ass television sitcom.

- Being There (1979)--Chauncey Gardner (Peter Sellers), a simple-minded savant, sees everything through TV goggles, then becomes a political advisor who spouts superlatives and walks on water. Penned by Jerzy Kosinski (childhood pal of Roman Polanski and the Pope!), who died accidentally in 1991 of autoerotic asphyxiation. Whoopsy. JOHN DOOLEY